GTD Aquitaine

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GTD Aquitaine
Class: GTD Hecate
First Appearance: Mystery of the Trinity
In Service: Second Shivan Incursion
Faction: Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance
Commander: Admiral Petrarch
Fate: Survived Second Shivan Incursion

The GTD Aquitaine was the flagship of the 3rd Fleet. It served in the Battle of Deneb, along with the GVD Psamtik, flagship of the 13th Vasudan Battle Group. After the destruction of the GTC Vigilant by the Shivans in Capella, near the Gamma Draconis node, the Aquitaine guarded the jump node while her squadrons (and presumably the rest of the 3rd Fleet) entered Gamma Draconis to eliminate the Shivan threat. Once the Shivans were cleared from Gamma Draconis, the 3rd Fleet ransacked the nebula beyond Gamma Draconis. The Aquitaine and the 3rd Fleet withdraw after discovering the SJ Sathanas. After the threat of the Shivan juggernaut was neutralized, Allied Command re-ordered the Aquitaine and the 13th Vasudan Battle Group, led by the Psamtik to search for Admiral Aken Bosch's command frigate, the NTF Iceni. When the GVD Psamtik was destroyed by the second SJ Sathanas, Allied Command once again ordered the retreat. The Aquitaine suffered heavy damage from this escape, but due to the timely intervention by the GVD Memphis's squadrons, the flagship survived.

The Aquitaine was sent to Vega for repairs during the final phase of the Second Shivan Incursion. Hence, it escaped the supernova of Capella and continued its service for the Galactic Terran-Vasudan Alliance. Nevertheless, its squadrons played an important role in escorting hundreds of thousands of Terrans and Vasudans out of the system and holding back the Shivans to buy additional time for the evacuation process.

Name origin

Aquitaine is one of the regions of today's France. Aquitaine can be found on the south-western part of France.


  • Canonical names for the latter five squadrons do not exist, though Petrarch does mention them in the briefings for "Exodus" and "Their Finest Hour" and brings the Aquitaine to 11 squadrons, close to the Hecate's conjectured number of 12.5 (150/12=12.5).